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Hofmann, Michael 1957 August 25-

Works: 79 works in 361 publications in 3 languages and 21,191 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Juvenile works  Political fiction  Personal narratives‡vGerman  Diaries  Psychological fiction  Poetry  Parodies, imitations, etc  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PT2621.A26, 833.912
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Most widely held works about Michael Hofmann
Most widely held works by Michael Hofmann
An innocent soldier by Josef Holub( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 2,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sixteen-year-old farmhand is tricked into fighting in the Napoleonic Wars by the farmer for whom he works, who secretly substitutes him for the farmer's own son
Every man dies alone by Hans Fallada( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This never-before-translated masterpiece is based on a true story. It presents a richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis and tells the sweeping saga of one working-class couple who decides to take a stand when their only son is killed at the front
The land of green plums : a novel by Herta Mller( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 1,444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lives of a group of Romanian students under Communism, with its poverty, regimentation and depressing greyness. Life gets no better after graduation, so much so that several commit suicide
The seventh well by Fred Wander( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Austrian Jew and photojournalist who was interned at 20 different Nazi camps between 1939 and 1945, Wander (1917-2006) first published this loosely structured novel in East Germany in 1970. Spare, haunting anecdotes memorialize Jews who died senseless, undignified deaths in Nazi concentration camps. The book is much more than a catalogue of horrors and of courage, as Wanders's narrator struggles to find the language to describe what he has seen
What I saw : reports from Berlin, 1920-1933 by Joseph Roth( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Roth's essays record the violent social and political paroxysms that threatened to undo the precarious democracy that was the Weimar Republic."--Jacket
The tale of the 1002nd night by Joseph Roth( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vienna of the late nineteenth century, with its contrasting images of pomp and profound melancholy, provides the backdrop for Joseph Roth's final novel, which he completed in exile, a few years before his tragic death in 1939. The Tale of the 1002nd Night is a brilliant, allegorical tale of seduction and personal and societal ruin, set amidst exquisite, wistful descriptions of a waning aristocratic age, and provides an essential link to our understanding of Roth's extraordinary fictive powers
The collected stories of Joseph Roth by Joseph Roth( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth are collected in English for the first time. These seventeenth stories and novellas, perhaps more than any other work of fiction of Roth (1894-1939), echo the intensity of his greatest novel, The Radetzky March. Spanning Roth's entire career, and including several stories that have only recently come to light in Germany, this collection is a display of Roth's range and virtuosity."--Jacket
Seven years by Peter Stamm( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander is torn between two very different women. Sonia, his wife and business partner, is everything a man could want: intelligent, gorgeous, charming, and ambitious. But when the seven-year itch sets in, Alexander soon finds himself rekindling an affair with his college lover, Ivona. The young Polish woman who worked in a Catholic mission is the polar opposite of Sonia: dull, passive, taciturn, and plain. Despite having little in common with Ivona, Alexander is inexplicably drawn to her while despising himself for it. Lost between his highbrow marriage and his lowbrow affair, Alexander is stuck in a spiraling threesome
Frost by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frost follows an unnamed young Austrian who accepts an unusual assignment. Rather than continue with his medical studies, he travels to a bleak mining town in the back of beyond, in order to clinically observe the aged painter, Strauch, who happens to be the brother of this young man's surgical mentor. The catch is this: Strauch must not know the young man's true occupation or the reason for his arrival. Posing as a promising law student with a love of Henry James, the young man befriends the mad artist and is caught up among an equally extraordinary cast of local characters, from his resentful landlady to the town's mining engineers
Storm of steel by Ernst Jnger( Book )

10 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a memoir of the First World War through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier who viewed the war as a personal struggle, testing himself by leading raiding parties and enduring as his comrades were killed
After Ovid : new metamorphoses( Book )

17 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and German and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ovid's Metamorphoses is one of the great works in classical literature, and a primary source for our knowledge of much of classic mythology, in which the relentless theme of transformation stands as a primary metaphor for the often cataclysmic dynamics of life itself. The British poets Michael Hofmann and James Lasdun have invited more than forty leading English-language poets to create their own idiomatic contemporary versions of some of the most famous and notorious stories from the Metamorphoses. Apollo and Daphne, Pyramus and Thisbe, Proserpina, Marsyas, Medea, Baucis and Philemon, Orpheus and Eurydice - these and many other deathless myths are brought to startling, fresh life in exciting new versions. The contributors - among them Fleur Adcock, Amy Clampitt, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Lawrence Joseph, Kenneth Koch, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon, Les Murray, Robert Pinsky, Frederick Seidel, Charles Simic
The metamorphosis and other stories by Franz Kafka( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A seemingly ordinary man, Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning only to discover that he has been transformed into a gigantic insect and must deal with the depression over his new physical alteration, as well as the rejection of his family, in a new translation honoring the 125th anniversary of the author's birth
Pigeons on the grass by Wolfgang Koeppen( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A former Nazi general, now training Arab terrorists, attends a family reunion in Rome, his son being a priest. The novel chronicles his disgust with a degenerate city which he knew as a conqueror and his attempt to get even with the Jews by seducing a barmaid, an attempt that backfires when she turns out to be a Catholic. By the author of Pigeons on the Grass
The voyage that never ends : fictions, poems, fragments, letters by Malcolm Lowry( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait in his own words of one of the twentieth-century's most original and tragic writers, The Voyage that Never Ends is the first collection to draw on the whole range of Malcolm Lowry's work above and beyond his masterpiece Under the Volcano. When Lowry died at the age of 48--in the coroner's words, "of misadventure"--He left a great deal of extraordinary work that had remained uncollected or unpublished in the course of a life driven equally by a passion for writing and addiction to alcohol--stories, novellas, half-finished novels, including significant portions of the long-contemplated epic tale of suffering and redemption that was to follow Under the Volcano's unsparing account of a modern hell. This material, scattered among various volumes, some of them scholarly editions of limited availability and many of them out of print for years, is here drawn on by the British poet and critic Michael Hofmann to present an unequalled picture of Lowry's range and achievement. Including the idyllic story "The Forest Path to the Spring," the brilliantly experimental "Through the Panama," and augmented by Lowry's letters and poems, The Voyage that Never Ends introduces readers to a new Malcolm Lowry, a great and doomed writer who, like Jack Kerouac and Sylvia Plath, staked everything on his art
All days are night by Peter Stamm( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"All Days are Night is the story of Gillian, a successful and beautiful TV host, content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, hits a deer on the wet road and dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together, and reconnects with a love interest from the past who becomes a possible future, or so it seems"--Cover, page [2]
Rebellion by Joseph Roth( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 1924 German novel on destiny. The hero is a one-legged veteran of World War I, earning his living by playing a barrel organ. A run-in with a wealthy man sends him to prison, he loses his musician's license and his wife leaves him
We're flying : stories by Peter Stamm( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A follow-up to Seven Years presents an anthology of stories that employ the acclaimed Swiss author's use of direct prose, deceptively simple narratives and deep psychological insights into the existential dilemmas of contemporary life
Child of all nations by Irmgard Keun( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing up too quickly with the approach of World War II, young Kully travels with her parents throughout the countries of Europe, sharing their struggles to stay ahead of their visa expirations and evaluating the activities of Hitler, Mussolini, and Chamberlain
The Stalin front : a novel of World War II by Gert Ledig( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It's 1942, at the Eastern Front. Soldiers crouch in horrible holes in the ground, mingling with corpses. Tunneled beneath a radio mast, German soldiers await the order to blow themselves up. Russian tanks, struggling to break through enemy lines, bog down in a swamp, while a German runner, bearing messages from headquarters to the front, scrambles desperately from shelter to shelter as he tries to avoid getting caught in the action. Through it all, Russian artillery - the crude but devastatingly effective multiple rocket launcher known to the Germans as the Stalin Organ and to the Russians as Katyusha - rains death upon the struggling troops."--Jacket
Zündel's Exit by Markus Werner( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scrounged from his notebooks and hearsay, this is the story of a schoolteacher named Konrad Zơndel: a philosopher, a wanna-be writer; scattered, self-conscious, glum, anxious, unlucky, discontent . . . At the end of his rope, he decides to flee his workaday life at all costs, only to find escape always a little beyond his reach. First his tooth falls out in the sight of other travelers, then he finds a severed finger in a restroom on a train. In fact, Zơndel seems on the verge of falling to bits, as do his words, thoughts, wife, and world—will there be anything left, and anyone to hold the pie
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Alternative Names
Hofmann, M.

Hofmann, Michael 1957 Aug. 25-

Michael Hofmann deutsch-britischer Autor

Michael Hofmann Duits auteur

Michael Hofmann German-born poet who writes in English and a translator

English (156)

German (3)

Chinese (1)

Every man dies aloneThe land of green plums : a novelThe seventh wellWhat I saw : reports from Berlin, 1920-1933The tale of the 1002nd nightThe collected stories of Joseph RothSeven yearsFrost